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penalty in 25 years. >> the signs gathering at the spot where is joe paterno statue filled with emotion. >> it breaks my heart. this is not what joe paterno was about. yesterday, university ordered the statue .emoved today, n.c.a.a. hit the football program with unprecedented sanctions. >> i feel sad for the students the university and for of joe paterno. >> they claim joe paterno and his superiors covered up jerry sandusky's abuse of little boys. >> our goal is not to be punitive, but to make sure the establishes an athletic culture and the daily months said in which football again be placed ahead educating, nurturing, and protecting young people. football games will be played. joe paterno is no longer the coach in history. many say penn state will never seen the same again. >> is setting an example for programs and letting nobody is bigger happened to those kids. >> the victims seen in the shower by graduate assistant will file a lawsuit. the lawyers plan to file a civil against penn state. >> vincent gray is vowing not to round of allegations interfere with his job. a report claims t
on the pen state campus now just a memory. the statue of joe paterno was taken down this morning. the decision made after a report found paterno helped cover up sex abuse claims. this is a time lapse video taken by a former coach as workers removed that statue today. penn state's president called it it a source of division and an obstacle to healing. also the ncaa is ready to hand down unprecedented sanctions against the school. brian moore has our report. >> reporter: once a shrine to the winningest coach in college football history, the monument of penn state's joe paterno was unceremoniously dismantled. a blue tarp blocked the public e's view as penn state history was rewritten by construction workers. a sad day in a place known as happy valley. >> they are trying to wipe it from history. >> reporter: not everyone agrees. >> i was in favor of them taking it down. i'm glad they did it quickly. >> reporter: the statue had become an unwanted remind eer of the child sex abuse scandal involving jerry sandusky. an independent investigation found paterno and other top penn state offi
. it is a scathing report that says many top school officials including the late coach joe paterno kept quiet about the allegations against jerry sandusky. brad bell is live with reaction to the report. >> this is a community that loves penn state, loves penn state's football team, and they loved joe paterno. that is why many people here on college avenue are telling us this report herds. tonight in state college one aspect will trample the rest. the claim that joe paterno knew of jerry sandusky's abuse of children in participated in a cover up to avoid bad publicity. >> he is burry but they will continue to bury him from the sound of it. clucks he was hired to determine what campus officials knew about the crime. he announced the result of his investigation at a philadelphia press comments this morning. the bottom line -- joe paterno and those above him put the school and football program ahead of the safety of the little boys sandusky preyed upon. >> the most powerful men at penn state failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children that sandusky victimized. >> he criticized the boa
powerful people at penn state. football coach joe paterno, athletic director tim curley, university president graham spanier and senior vice president gary schultz who were all found to have not only turned a baseline eye to the abuse but to have actually aided in the cover-up. ron allen is on the penn state campus now. ron, what are the key takeaways from this report from lewis freeh? >> i guess the biggest takeaway is a lot has to change here at penn state, a lot of very profound cultural things that would allow something like this to happen over a period of at least 14 years going back to 1998 when lewis freeh's report says joe paterno, graham spanier and others first became aware of what jerry sandusky was doing, maybe not the full extent of it but they were aware enough he thought so that they could have done something to stop it. so, what will the short fallout be? just behind me you can't see it there's a statue of joe paterno outside of the football stadium and there are calls to have that statue removed. we already know that nike who had a child care center named after joe
by the fbi director. joe paterno did not cover up for jerry sandusky. to claim otherwise is a distortion of the truth. that coming from the family before this report and this statement was released today. but we also look at some of the details alongside what we expect to hear today. i want to read this. it says in the statement coming from the director. "the total disregard for the safety and welfare of sandusky's child victims by the seeb senior leaders at penn state, the most powerful men failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who sandusky victimized. spannier, shultz, paterno, and curley never demonstrated any concern for the safety and well-being of sandusky's victims until after sandusky's arrest." you have had time to look through the transcript. that's just a taste of some of the language that freeh is using in the statement. >> i have gone through most of it, and his team documents extremely well the findings. findings which are as were all absorbing it. scathing in terms of talking about concealment, which is a strong word, but they seem to be able to bac
to graham spannier, gary shultz, tim curley and joe paterno, the legendary coach. >> ron allen live, standby. we'll go to the podium and listen to the statement. >> penn state university is an outstanding educational institution which is rightly proud of its students, alumni, faculty and staff who in term hold that institution in very high esteem. we fully appreciate the strong emotions which surround these tragic events in our work. all of us here today understand that it is the duty of adults to protect children and to immediately report any suspected child sex abuse to law enforcement authorities. our team was reminded of this on a daily basis because henderson south, which was our base on the penn state campus, was the former child care center, with some of the children's artwork still there. on november 21st, the special investigations task force established by the board of trustees retained us to conduct a full, fair and completely independent investigation. i commend ken frasier, chairman of the task force, and ron tomalis, the vice chairman of the task force, for the steps their took
holmes peeks out for the first time. and less than 24 hours after the joe paterno statue comes down, penn state is punished heavily. we're getting a first look now at the accused mastermind in one of the deadliest shooting massacres in recent history. >> the mug shot of jason holmes was released just hours after learning the charges he faces. >> there is a lot to discuss. spokesperson for the family is talking and holmes himself sets for the first time before a judge. in his first court appearance, a dazed-looking jason holmes remains silent. he could face the death penalty in connection with the friday morning feeder shooting spree in aurora colorado, a claim doesn't lives and left many other seriously -- that claimed a dozen lives and left many others seriously injured. >> i feel like i want to make sure justice is taken with this man and support everyone has been to this. >> for the first time, we are hearing from the suspect's family. >> the family want to reiterate that their hearts go out to the victims and their families. >> the family attorney spoke to the media an
veterans, especially younger vets from iraq and afghanistan. >>> plus, what did joe paterno know and when did he know it? now we know. louis freeh's investigation of the penn state abuse scandal is out. paterno chose to protect jerry sandusky over the children he victimized and richard engel is just back from syria with a chilling account of what he saw in that country torn by civil war. >>> finally, guess where the american's olympics uniforms were made? here's the hint, not in the u.s.a. we begin with mitt romney fighting back against the bain attacks. howard fineman is editorial director for the "huffington post." joan walsh is editor of salon. both are msnbc political analysts. allow me to show you what came out today. today the romney campaign is out with a new ad accusing obama of lying about romney's role at bain. >> when a president doesn't tell the truth, how can we trust him to lead? the obama outsourcing attacks. misleading, unfair and untrue. there was no evidence that mitt romney shipped jobs overseas. candidate obama lied about hillary clinton. >> so shame on you, barack oba
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, the former vice president. all of them have denied wrongdoing. joe paterno, the legendary and revered football coach who died last january. >> there's more red flags here than you could count. >> reporter: several of the more than 3 million e-mails and documents unearthed by freeh's investigators, show paterno, contrary to his grand jury testimony, was informed and kept apprised of a 1998 police investigation of suspected child abuse by sandusky in the school's locker room shower. curley wrote in one e-mail to spanier and schultz that he had touched base with paterno about the probe. and days later there was this follow-up -- anything new in this department? coach is anxious to know where it stands. the allegation was disturbing enough that schultz, who was in charge of the university police, wrote in private notes, is this opening of pandora's box? adding, other children? but no charges were brought and university officials kept it quiet. >> nobody even spoke to sandusky, not one of those four persons, including the coach, who was a few steps away from his office. there's no indicati
was the very currency that enabled him to attract his victims. we're looking at the role of joe paterno in all of this. and what's incredibly troubling is paterno knew about the '98 investigation of sandusky when mcqueary came to him describing the incident that he had seen in the shower and nothing was done even though he already knew about that. curley, schultz and spanier, who are the other three that are talked about in this report had actually come up with a plan of action in response to that mcqueary incident that included going to the authorities and after meeting with joe paterno they decided that the quote-unquote more humane thing to do would be to engaging this cover-up. i mean, what's with these men covering up for each other? >> yeah. as a woman, you know, following this case looking at it, it just strikes me that had a woman been privy toni of this information at any time this would not have gone on as long as it did and i'm not indicting all of men but clearly men cover for men and whether you're looking at some of the catholic church abuses, there's, you know, horace mann at th
about all of the key players surrounding the pennstate scandal, including joe paterno, the legendary head coach that was dismissed in the wake of the charges. in the statement released today, paterno's family calls him, quote, highly principled and says select emails have been leaked in an attempt to smear his name. we'll also hear more about jerry sandusky, pa tern p pa tern pe paterno's longtime assistant, sitting in jail. and then there's mike mcqueary, the graduate assistant who worked with the penn state football team. it was mcqueary who told school officials he saw sandusky molesting a boy in a school shower as far back as 2001. and one of the officials that mcqueary went to with that information was athletic director tim curley. curley is now on live from penn state. he is awaiting his own trial. he faces charges of perjury for lying to a grand jury and failing to report suspected child abuse. hundreds of people were interviewed by the freeh committee, including students. one of those now former students is here today. his name is tj bard. he was penn state's student body pr
. . >>> they are going to announce fines against penn state and joe paterno did not stop jerry sandusky from sexually abusing boys. yesterday the statue of joe paterno was removed from the stadium. >> this is drawing the attention away from people who should be taking more responsibility and blame. >> penn state said the college library named after joe paterno will remain as is. they will announce fines of more than $30 million as well as a postseason bowl band and scholarship reductions. >>> and it now marks the spot where joe paterno once stood. it says they may he race you from this site but never from our hearts. it is now in a good location. >>> they are trying to figure out what caused a brush fire from 100 feet from homes near vacaville. it started near west ranch lane. this fire was contained after burning 75 acres. fire crews watched for any player ups. -- flare-ups. a fire burned in yellow county and that started saturday near the cash creek casino. according to cal fire it is 8 5% contained and burned 125 acres. only minor injuries have been reported and crews were out patrolling and putti
legend speaks out about joe paterno. >> the son of sylvester stallone is found dead inside his cell. what investigators have learned. >> we are tracking the potential for storms this evening. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney, and i approve this message. [ male announcer ] when a president doesn't tell the truth, how can we trust him to lead? the obama outsourcing attacks: "misleading, unfair and untrue." there was "no evidence" that mitt romney shipped jobs overseas. candidate obama lied about hillary clinton. so, shame on you, barack obama. [ male announcer ] but america expects more from a president. obama's dishonest campaign: another reason amera has lost confidence in barack obama. >> an autopsy is being conducted on the eldest son of sylvester stallone. sage stallone was found dead in his los angeles slump yesterday. a spokesman for castillo it said the actor is devastated and grief-stricken. he was just 36 years old. >> new developments in the scandal surrounding penn state university. the late joe paterno began secret talks that led to a swe
by a former director of the fbi, leaving the school and its legendary coaches shattered. saying joe paterno and top university officials not only hid but empowered a child predator in jerry sandusky. the outrage is spreading so quickly there are calls to tear down a statue of paterno that stands youds of beaver stadium. will more criminal charges be coming? susan candiotti is live in philadelphia this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. yes, you're right. former fbi director lewis freeh laid the blame at the feet of four top penn state officials leaving jerry sandusky free rein to abuse children over the course of almost 15 years. >> our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of sandusky's child victims by the most senior leader at penn state. the most powerful men at penn state failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who sandusky victimized. mr. spanier, schultz, curley and pa pat showed no concern for the well being of sandusky's victims until after sandusky's arrest. >> reporter: freeh also t
where joe paterno's statue stood until yesterday are filled with emotion and so are those who leave them behind. >> this is not what joe paterno was about. >> for the faithful, the latest twist in the sandusky scandal has come like a 1-2 flurry of knockout punches. yesterday, university officials ordered the stats show -- ordered the statue removed. today, the n.c.a.a. at the football program with unprecedented sanctions. >> i feel sad for the student than the university and sad for the family of joe paterno. >> armed with the report that claims joe paterno and his administrative superiors covered up jerry sandusky's serial abuse of little boys, the president of the n.c.a.a. stopped just short of suspending the entire penn state program. >> our goal is not to be just punitive but to make sure the university establishes an athletic culture and daily mind set in which football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing, and protecting young people. >> football games will be played on saturdays here, but what the loss of scholarships and bowl games, there will li
today by the n-c- double-a. meanwhile, the 900-pound bronze statue of longtime coach joe paterno was removed. the controversial removal. 3 --reporter pkg-as follows -- there is an emptiness outside beaver stadium. it's naked, everything's gone. it's really sad. and only part of it is where the statue of joe paterno once stood. joe's a man we love. the reason we love joe is 60 years of integrity. the rest is in the hearts of the crowds who came to say goodbye to penn state's head coach of 61 years. i drove from north carolina to get a picture with joe's statue, right? and like a bunch of thieves they snuck it away in the night. the university took down the seven and a half foot statue and removed all the plaques and letters on the walls early sunday morning. workers put up a fence and a tarp to block the view of the now-empty space. but fans took pictures above the fence or poked through the tarp for once last look. there are a lot of issues surrounding it that you can see what why they have to do certain things but you hate to see it. the decision to remove the figure angered fan
to at least 1998. freeh's report found even back then joe paterno and others knew they had a problem with jerry sandusky and, for example, they even pointed to a note written by then vice president gary schultz after an incident involving two boys and jerry sandusky in which he wrote is this the opening. pandora's box? are there other children? now attorneys for graham spanier have not responded and lawyers for -- >> well be getting back to susan candiotti later on. three minutes past 5:00 on the east coast. investigators are telling us that they have found no explosives on board a delta airplane a plane that returned to kennedy airport in new york because there was a security scare. it was delta flight 126 and it turned around about an hour into its flight. it was on its way to spain. obviously it didn't get there. passengers instead taken off, evacuated from that plane and the nypd bomb squad got on board instead and brought with them bomb sniffing dogs. authorities say the plane was turned around after a passenger on board was in the bathroom and found some drinking strauss that a
to the cowardly lions, joe paterno, spanier, and others. >> wow! more from you legal guys. . >>> the worst is far from over from penn state after a scathing report on the response of university leaders to child sex abuse allegations. the school is still under scrutiny by the department of education and the ncaa. let's bring in our law professor from cleveland. good to see you. >> hi. >> thank you very much. a new york criminal defense attorney and law professor joining us from las vegas. good to see you as well. >> hi, fred. >> this louis freeh report is scathing. it involved more than 400 eyewitnesses. very detailed accounts of who knew what when and all this after the conviction of jerry sandusky. however, his sentencing is coming up. you have to wonder how much this is going to impact his sentencing. richard? >> well, i don't think it will impact the sentencing. the jury has spoken on that. and i think that this man is going to die in prison. no chance of him getting out, seeing the light of day again. this louis freeh report is devastating. it is devastating to the current status of penn stat
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of the university was forced to resign. his two deputies face perjury charges. and of course, joe paterno died within two months of when he was dismissed. jim avila, abc news, philadelphia. >> that story is disturbing on so many levels. the report of course has a lot of folks wondering about how history will treat coach paterno which is now our facebook question of the day. do you think the sandusky scandal has tarnished joe paterno's legacy. let us know what you think at wnnfans.com. >> you saw a strung ing of the e-mails another one jim didn't get to, the former vice president, the only downside if the message isn't heard and acted upon we become vulnerable for not having reported it. they knew this was going on. and they failed to disclose it because of the potential ramifications for what it could do to the university. >> this isn't a cheating scandal or petty theft. the lives of students. criminal charges against administrators, civil suits from sandusky victims. and ncaa has not decided what it will do just yet. far from over. >>> now to the developing political story about mitt romney z
president, athletic director and coach joe paterno all fired after the scandal. >> our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of sandusky's child victims by the most senior leaders at penn state. the most powerful men at penn state failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who sandusky victimized. mr. spanier, schultze, paterno and curley never demonstrated through action or words any concern for well being of sandusky's victims until after sandusky's arrest. >> coach paterno and the other top three officials at penn state repeatedly concealed critical facts that officials had opportunities in 19 the 98 and 2001 to step in and that their failures allowed sandusky to prey on other youngsters. the report blamed the board of trustees for not providing oversight. joining me live now from state college, pennsylvania, mark brennan who has been covering penn state sports for some 25 years and founder of the independent website fightonstate.com. mark, good afternoon to you. >> thanks for having me. >> any major surprises in t
from 1998 to 2011 taken off joe paterno's record. all players now free to leave immediately for another school. the joe paterno statue came down yesterday. and shortly after a small probe, candles went up where the statue formally stood. as long as the statue is up it gave people to talk about jerry sandusky. only the library on the penn state campus has joe paterno's name on it. 49ers opened their doors. time for nfl football. jim harbaugh and rookies and veterans showed up. the full squad due in on thursday. here are lamichael james talking a little bit. >> anytime you know a program invests this much money in a player you meant to be out here to get better. while i have studying my play book on my own. >> i know this is terrible for a guy who loves sports to say that is the one thing i hate about pre-season, guys just talking. >> not much to say yet. >> exactly. once the season starts -- you know, when you hear a guy -- >> you know 5,000 times. >> if one time a guy would say i am not looking forward to this year, we are going a be lousy -- [ talking at the same time ] >> raiders trad
scandal. the report concluded joe paterno and other officials failed to protect the children victimized by jerry sandusky and engaged in a cover up. joe paterno's family said he did not intentionally protect a pedophile and vowed to launch their own probe into the scandal. >>> the head of the olympic committee has been abducted. his brother says gunman stopped his car yesterday and grabbed him near the olympic committee offices. since the over throw of moammar gadhafi they have been abducting those close to the regime. >>> a haitian pastor framboiser and his companion and a guide were freed today. he wanted his uncle released from jail and let the hostages go. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is in the middle east where peace talks took center stage. she brought a message of solidary as they faces transition in egypt and a crisis in syria. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton met with israeli president. the peace effort taking center stage amid signs israel and leaders are open to resume dialogue after months of stalemate. >> a chance to advance our shared goals of secu
and search. mayor ed lee says itup fairly half gets african-americans. and joe paterno's family is not waiting for the results, coming be -- coming up we will have more on the late football coach. >>> and this will be the 31st time republicans have tried to repeal what they call obama care but even if the house but is surrender successful, president barack obama could veto it. >>> political analysts say am are ramp has a tough task and the majority is coming close to reelecting president barack obama. congressional leaders will meet to discuss their agenda oh the coming months and they will discuss job tips. they will not be able to talk about their service today. 26 channel include nickelodeonian, comedy central and via television land. they were unable to reach an a dream before expired. chant they -- they can watch right now. >> pardon me, pam. i just realized i don't talk to anybody before i get on the air. there is your first clearing of your throat. of course it is early is you are heading east on the east shore free -- west on the east shore freeway and just passed gill
tomorrow, this morning, the statue of legendary coach joe paterno came down. a study found he should have done more when he first heard jerry sandusky was abusing young boys. despite that not everyone agrees with the decision to bring down the statue. >> it should not have come down. absolutely should not have come down. >> i think they're using him as an icon to attack when it should be about the sandusky. >> a small crowd gathered to see it taken now. paternal's family says removing the statue doesn't help the victims. the n.c.a.a. will make its ruling tomorrow. >> there are a number of graduates in our area from penn state and we caught up with some of them to get their reaction to the statue coming down. are the people you spoke with -- they knew a lot about him. >> they revered him. we have heard from dozens of students and alma -- students and alumni and all of them say it is a sad day. they say seeing the statue come down, for others knowing the punishment that comes tomorrow and there are mixed emotions about what is the proper price to play -- price to pay. it's the t
, a loss of all of coach joe paterno's victories, a four-year ban on postseason bowl games, and the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years. for more, we are at state college. >> it is a heavy blow. the president of the school says that is exactly what is needed at a school where football used it as a means to exert power. >> there is no action we can take that can remove the pain and anguish, but we can do is impose sanctions that reflect the magnitude of these terrible acts. >> penn state did not get a complete suspension of its program. instead, the school pays $60 million for an endowed fund, loses 10 scholarships a year, banned from post-season play, and have all went from 1998 through last season ticket from the record books, meeting joe paterno is no longer the winningest coach stan -- coach in n.c.a.a. history. >> the sports themselves can become too big to fail, indeed, too big to even challenge. >> the n.c.a.a. relied on the penn state investigation into the scandal in crafting its punishment. sandusky will spend the rest of his life in jail. joe paterno's statue has c
will announce disciplinary action against the school. this after yesterday's removal of the joe paterno statute on the campus. it is after the release of a report that said joe paterno and three other top officials here of the sex abuse claims against jerry sandusky. -- hid the sex abuse claims. we will hear more later in this hour. >> mayor vincent gray's campaign apparently kept an unauthorized data base for the get-out-the- vote effort. it had names and more for d.c. residents. vincent gray said that he did not know the. campaign had the the -- said that he did not know the campaign had the list. >> president obama will speak at the national convention of the veterans of foreign wars in reno, nevada. then he goes to oakland for three campaign events. mitt romney will continue to campaign in california today. >> fewer teenagers are on the road lately. >> and more americans are struggling to make ends meet. now linda bell. >> i wish i kickstart with upbeat news, but stock-index futures are lower, indicating a drop of 115 points for the dow jones at the opening bell. more concerns from oversea
with you again, coach. last time you and i spoke it was shortly after the death of joe paterno and you talked about his legacy and i wonder now after louie freeh report whether that colors the legacy of joe paterno? >> this is kind of a nightmare, i keep wanting to wake up and say all this does not happen because it is so unlike joe paterno, what i know about joe paterno, a man that we have all looked up, and even though i'm just a few years younger than him, i was a great admirer and follower of him and i just can't picture that happened. but according to this report, the four most important guys in it didn't report it when they could have. and allowed this molester to molest 10 or 11 more boys, when he could have been shut off immediately by reporting this. >> so this report claims that not only did patteerno know abo some of the details of this allegation, but that he helped cover it up, that he was complic complicit, they even used the word "enabler". as you try to come to grips with these details, what would be the best determination that you could see of the actions behind joe pa
sandusky child sex abuse scandal. the case is tarnished the legend of the late football coach, joe paterno, and today the university removed his statue. nbc's brian mooar has that story. >> reporter: once a shrine to the winningest coach in football history, the monument to penn state's joe paterno was unceremoniously dismantled. a blue tarp blocked the public view as penn state history was rewritten by construction workers. a sad day in a place known as happy valley. >> trying to wipe it from history. >> i think he deserves better. >> not everyone agrees. >> i was in favor of them taking it down. glad they did it quickly. >> the statue was an unwanted reminder of the child sex abuse scandal involving jerry sandusky. an independent investigation found paterno and others -- jerry sandusky could face life behind bars. penn state football faces a different judge and jury, the ncaa. on monday, the athletic body announced it's described as unprecedented. >> they play football come september at penn state, something is wrong. >> with joe paterno's life and legacy under scrutiny, penn state is tr
the children who he victimized. >> they named four top university officials including joe paterno were more concerned about the well-being of jerry sandusky then about the victims. >> it created a dangerous situation for other unknown, unsuspecting young boys that were lured to the penn state campus in football games by jerry sandusky. >> the report criticized penn state for allowing gerry sandusky to retire not as a suspected child predator but as a valued member of the penn state football legacy. the university's board of trustees hired him to look into the penn state role in the scandal. over eight months more than 400 people were interviewed and damaging emails were uncovered. the investigation also found that there was no record of joe paterno or the athletic director reporting that assistant coach mike mccurry saw jerry sandusky in a campus shower with a boy which the law requires. >> at the very least joe paterno could have alerted the entire football staff in order to prevent jerry sandusky from bringing another child into the building. >> before his death in january, joe paterno sa
a sense of that later on. >> karen, thanks. still ahead, a scathing report blames joe paterno and other officials at penn state university covering up jerry sandusky's behavior. that story and more when we come back. ♪ every time you close your eyes ♪ >> i accept the nomination of the democratic party. [ cheers ] >> i can rely in coming months on many others, on a distinguished running mate who brings unity and strength to our platform and our ticket, lyndon johnson. [ applause ] [ female announcer ] the power of green coffee extract is now in our new starbucks refreshers™ -- a breakthrough in natural energy. made with real fruit, starbucks refreshers™ are delicious low calorie drinks you can feel good about. ♪ rethink how you re-energize. ♪ get a boost of natural energy with a new starbucks refreshers™, in three re-energizing ways. try one on us, only at starbucks. ♪ i want to go ♪ i want to win [ breathes deeply ] ♪ this is where the dream begins ♪ ♪ i want to grow ♪ i want to try ♪ i can almost touch the sky [ male announcer ] even the planet has an olymp
to the late joe paterno. the deal includes a $3 million bonus, additional payouts, and use of penn state facilities. this comes days after the investigation indicated that joe paterno did not alert police. >> a man is shot in the head. the shooting happened around 6:30 this evening. investigators did not have a description of the suspect. a woman was struck and killed by a tow truck after she walked out into the middle of university boulevard. police are looking for an older model toyota that struck the law and a second time. >> into the race for the white house. hundreds of president obama's supporters chanted "four more years." richard is live in a newsroom with every element of the political battle. >> much of the speech focused on the economy. he is running again to support the middle-class. he continues to raise the issue of mitt romney's work experience at bain capital. almost immediately, the president launched into the economy. >> when hard working americans are doing well, everybody does well. my opponent, in his private business was investing in companies bets -- pioneers of ou
of that interview with president erickson and see what he has to say about joe paterno. [ male announcer ] olympic tennis players bob and mike bryan are always on the move. so they can't get to the bank to deposit a check. instead, they use citibank mobile check deposit. it's easy. they just snap a pic... ♪ hit send... and their checks are deposited right to their account. well almost all of their checks. stand back. seriously? [ male announcer ] citibank mobile check deposit. easier banking. every step of the way. >> schieffer: welcome back to "face the nation." we're going to start page two with more of our interview with penn state president erickson. joe paterno was a legend. he was an icon. did he stay too long? >> i would say that coach paterno's legacy, as far as i'm concerned-- and i think everyone will have to assess that personally, how they see the coach's legacy-- from my standpoint, i see the coach's contributions to the educational life of the university, and that's one of the reasons that i said i felt strongly that the paterno name should stay on our library. i think when some ye
to say about joe paterno. ,,,,,,,,,, >> schieffer: welcome back to "face the nation." we're going to start page two with more of our interview with penn state president erickson. joe paterno was a legend. he was an icon. did he stay too long? >> i would say that coach paterno's legacy, as far as i'm concerned-- and i think everyone will have to assess that personally, how they see the coach's legacy-- from my standpoint, i see the coach's contributions to the educational life of the university, and that's one of the reasons that i said i felt strongly that the paterno name should stay on our library. i think when some years pass and we get more perspective, we will also come to understand that he had a very important role over secretary years in the-- 60 years of the educational goals and aspirations at the university, and nothing will change that part of coach paterno's legacy. >> schieffer: why did you take his statue down? >> i thought the statue had become a kind of a symbol, a kind of a lightning rod, if you will, for the controversy that has erupted over the past eight month
to say about joe paterno. [ male announcer ] where did all the obama stimulus money go? friends, donors, campaign supporters, special interest groups where did the obama stimulus money go? solyndra: 500 million taxpayer dollars. bankrupt. so where did the obama stimulus money go? windmills from china. electric cars from finland 79% of the 2.1 billion in stimulus grants awarded through it went to overseas companies. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. >> schieffer: welcome back to "face the nation." we're going to start page two with more of our interview with penn state president erickson. joe paterno was a legend. he was an icon. did he stay too long? >> i would say that coach paterno's legacy, as far as i'm concerned-- and i think everyone will have to assess that personally, how they see the coach's legacy-- from my standpoint, i see the coach's contributions to the educational life of the university, and that's one of the reasons that i said i felt strongly that the paterno name should stay on our library. i think when some years pass and we get more perspective,
that members of penn state university's top brass including the late football coach joe paterno knew and did nothing. deliberately concealed accusations of child sex abuse surrounding the former penn state assistant football coach. primarily to avoid the consequences of bad publicity. independent investigators led by a former f.b.i. director say they found a striking lack of empathy, a president who discouraged discussion or dissent. and a culture of reverence for the football program that protect add serial pedophile and allowed him to lure more victims for years. the lead investigator called it "terrible tragedy." >> our most saddening and sobering finding was total disregard not safety and welfare of sandusky child victims by the most senior leaders, including paterno and curly never demonstrated reactions or any concern for the safety and well-being of sandusky's victims until after sandusky's arrest. >>shepard: the report finds that coach paterno was aware of a second accusation of child sex abuse back in may of 1998 when a mother said coach sandusky molested her son in the showers at p
experience is working. >>> and newly uncovered e-mails show that joe paterno was more involved in protecting sandusky from authorities than he admitted. >>> and finally yet another reporter learns the hard way, don't mess with chris christie. >>> we begin with the debate over the tax or penalty. mark halperin is senior political analyst at the washington post and also an msnbc analyst. the supreme court gave republicans one major gift on thursday suggesting the mandate was a tax. there's only one problem. mitt romney isn't exactly well positioned to take advantage of that given his history in massachusetts. the problem was illustrated this morning when eric fernstrom went on msnbc and chuck todd asks if romney agreed that the mandate is a tax. >> the governor believes what we put in place in massachusetts was a penalty and he disagrees with the court's ruling that the mandate was a tax. >> so he agrees with the president -- but he agrees with the president that it is not -- and he believes you shouldn't call the tax penalty a tax. you should call it a penalty or a fee or a fine? >> that's co
reevaluation of the legacy of coach paterno. >> what has transpired has shown that joe's human. he's not the godly saint that some of us made him out to be, including myself. >> reporter: brian, tonight a family spokesman issues a statement saying that joe paterno wasn't perfect. he made mistakes. and he regretted them. meanwhile, lawyers for curley and schultz criticized the freeh report, calling it a lopsided document based on an unfounded -- based on an incomplete record. brian? >> state college, pa, tonight, thanks. >>> bob costas of nbc sports is already at our olympic headquarters in london preparing to host the olympic coverage on nbc. bob, the big question, i guess, is, what does this do to penn state, the program, the school, the brand, the aura of the nittany lions? >> well, the aura, the reputation, that's already been badly tarnished. i think even the most staunch loyalists realize something that can't be rationalized away occurred here. and then outside penn state, the reputation of the university has taken a very, very serious hit. the ncaa has a term that it sometime
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